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  • London Property Market

    Why I still believe in BTL in London

    There's been a great deal in the media recently about how the London property market is in decline, both in terms of prices and rental yields.

    Like any market, it's very hard to make generalisations.  I have found that London is made up of many smaller micro-markets where comparables can differ from street to street.  Location is everything in London and intense due diligence should be undertaken.

    Key things for BTL in London are:

    1.  Within 10 minutes walk of a tube station or on a bus route into the centre/West End.

    2.  A decent area that feels safe to walk around at night

    3.  Local amenities such as supermarket, restaurants, bars etc.

    I've been a landlord in London for 14 years now, so I've recorded the below video with a few thoughts on it:

    See my full guide of how to BTL in London >>> here.

    London can also work very well for holiday lets and short term rentals, provided that you respect the legislation and any local authority rules.

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    Deloitte are also positive about the future of the property market in London:


    Any market is a great market if it makes money

    But we are in a sector which is under huge change

    We can only inhabit this sector with Govt Will

    I don't think we have Govt Will I see a Govt who doesn't want banks to over lend and I see a Govt who wants more regulation

    I also see a Govt who wishes to tax more and more

    I see a Country divided I see low wage growth

    and I see a Govt who would rather see home owners rather than landlords

    It doesn't matter where you invest to make money If the Govt takes over 50% of your profits

    If you can roll the clock back to pre Osbourne its was like shelling peas

    today the Bean stalk is higher then ever before and the easy beans have gone

    its all down to an investor to ask themselves the question

    Will we have more regulation

    Will we have Higher Taxes

    Will we have harder lending rules

    Will my Effort and risk be rewarded enough for me to be a Landlord in the future years

    Just because it worked in the past Doesn't say it will work in the future

    Its all down to Government Policy Not down to the Landlord.


    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    I sold a flat last year due to S24.

    The Rightmove sold index shows the extent of price rises in Greater London.

    As you can see the property increased in value well over 400% in 20 years.

    Interestingly in terms of DD, Rightmove doesn't show that I bought it in 2014.

    Whilst I certainly didn't sell at the peak, I think I'd be lucky to get £330 for that property now.

    Flat XX, Maryland Court, 1, Lambourn Grove, Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London KT1 3SE

    £350,000Flat, Leasehold, Residential31 Jul 2017
    £76,950Flat, Leasehold, Residential30 Sep 1997

    It’s still been a fantastic investment for you Dom the North is so different the nearest I can come to a comparison is 12k flat purchase in 1989

    value today 75k.

    But in the north is been a very up and Down market

    the future is so uncertain


    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    House prices in London recovered in the latest quarter as the city’s property market begins to stabilise.

    Hometrack, which provides residential property data, reported that prices had increased by 1.8 per cent in the three months to June. That came after a 1 per cent decline over the previous six months.

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